The Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR) is providing funding to support several small research projects which will focus on the challenges and emerging issues related to the future of policing within Scotland, though they may also be of relevance internationally.
Policing must continue to evolve. Ongoing political, economic, and societal changes require the police service to adapt and respond to future challenges and maximise the benefits of future opportunities. Policing policies and practices will need to embrace innovation, and work collaboratively and sustainably.
Projects on the future of policing must align with SIPR’s Strategic Research Themes which are:
These themes have been approved through the SIPR Board of Governance and developed in collaboration with Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority, and align with policing priorities for Scotland (see the Joint Strategy for Policing 2020 and Strategic Police Priorities for Scotland).
Applications are welcome from any academic member of staff based at one of the 14 SIPR member universities. We encourage interdisciplinary partnerships and proposals can be submitted by a single institution or across member institutions. Additionally, creative ideas which engage practitioners with research are particularly encouraged. Applicants must have a contract of employment for the duration of the project.
A total of £100,000 will be available, however, the maximum SIPR contribution per application will be limited to £20,000 (including VAT). Applications for smaller relevant projects are also welcomed as are proposals which include co-funding from other sources.
To ensure the excellence of all SIPR funded research, SIPR will subject all applications to a robust assessment process in two stages via a review panel and then awarding panel. The review panel will be an independent committee comprising of senior national and international academics, as well as policing personnel (e.g. policy makers and practitioners). Reviewers will be asked to score against predefined criteria including:
Applicants will be provided with an opportunity to respond to the initial reviewer comments prior to the applications consideration by the awarding panel. The awarding panel will be responsible for selecting the successful grants.
Application forms will be available on the SIPR website at http://sipr.ac.uk/research-activities/future-of-policing-research-grant-2020
Applicants are required to complete the SIPR application form including the following information:
Only one application is permitted from the same applicant for this call. The Principal Investigator can be included as a Co-investigator in one further application as long as the two applications are not linked.
Projects should be no longer than 18 months in duration, commencing no later than 31st June 2021 and completed (i.e. acceptance of final research report) by 31st December 2022.
Successful applicants will be required to enter into a funding agreement with SIPR. Funding will be provided on commencement of the project and again at each reporting milestone (i.e. interim research and finance report and at final research report). The final research report will be published by SIPR and SIPR will be acknowledged in all media and publications resulting from the project.
Applicants will also be required to report where SIPR funding has enabled the generation of external income as well as where SIPR funded research has been included as an impact case study.
The ‘Future of Policing’ grant will not cover the following costs:
In principle, SIPR does not make awards on a full economic costing basis. However, consideration may be given to applications where limited overheads have been included. Value for money is a key consideration however, so we do ask that overheads are waived where possible.
For more information, please contact
Monica Boyle – Knowledge Exchange and Business Manager